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C.    Costs, Benefits and Effectiveness (Continued)

o Non-academic special services (student orientation, cultural services,
assessment, and referrals) received either during the freshman year or
later are associated with longer enrollment, greater numbers of course
units attempted and completed, and higher grades.

D.    Plans for Program Improvement and Recommendations for Legislation

The Administration proposed to target more funds on aid to the disadvantaged,
particularly minorities, and to reduce funding for the Special Programs for
the Disadvantaged. The request level for Fiscal Year 1985 would have sup-
ported non-competitive continuation grants under SSDS. These grants would
be prorated at 60 percent of the fiscal year 1984 award amounts. No new
awards will be made under SSDS.

Legislative changes were also proposed which would restructure the Special
Programs by requiring institutions to share the costs of projects, re-
ducing administrative burdens, limiting eligibility, and targeting funds to
programs that provide direct services to disadvantaged individuals.

E.    Supporting Studies and Analyses Cited in Section C Above

U Program files, Office of Postsecondary Education, U.S. Department of
Education, 1984.

2.   Follow-Up Evaluation of the Special Services for Disadvantaged Students
Program, final  report, System Development Corporation,  Santa Monica, tA,
1983.

F.    Other Supporting Data

The latest data available, FY 1984, show that 58 percent of the program
participants were female and 42 percent were male. About 37 percent of the
participants were black, 5 percent Asian, 3 percent Native American, 17
percent Hispanic, and 38 percent white. Approximately 6 percent of the
students were physically handicapped. (E.I.)

III.    RESPONSE TO GEPA 417(b)

No studies of the program are planned or in progress.

Contacts for Further Information

Program operations:    Carol J. Smith, (202) 245-2165

Program studies:    Robert H. Berls, (202) 245-8281

Notes

1. Represents budget authority and appropriation for all Special Programs
for Disadvantaged Students. Funds are not appropriated separately for
the five programs, but are allocated administratively.ed,   compared to the   results   for the  students who received no